Follow Me as I Wander Around, Christmas Edition

My tripod was positioned all kinds of crooked when I took this photo but I still love how it turned out!! Like my new red coat? I also have one in khaki that I’ve had for a long time and both coats are featured in this post. You can find them here on Amazon!

I love the week leading up to Christmas. It has a special feeling to it. ❀️✨ So I made sure to go out and enjoy it by walking!

And here I am wandering around Woodward Park! I love coming out here because I get to appreciate nature and see people having a good time – whether they are jogging, cycling, walking their dogs or playing with their kids. (Funny side-note: I think dogs are super cute, but I never want to own a dog. Same with kids; I think kids are cute, but I never ever want children!) Woodward Park is huuuuuuge, so there is so much to see.

Here’s a close-up of my accessories; Easter necklace near Christmas, why not?

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ See ya next time!!

My Vintage Dress That’s Actually a Soviet School Uniform

Woohooo!!! The dress I’ve been waiting so long for finally arrived in the mail! 😍

It came from one of my favorite Etsy shops based in Ukraine that specializes in vintage USSR items, that I mentioned in my last post. When I first saw this lovely dress (I’ve been wanting a brown dress for a really long time, especially for fall), I was amazed to find out it was a 1980’s-era school uniform. All that was missing from it was the white apron and collar/cuffs, but the foundation of the uniform dress remained! And it’s in great shape, to boot!!! ❀️

I’ve always thought Soviet school uniforms were so cute! I found a great photo on Google for reference:

I’ve been fascinated (okay, obsessed) with The Cold War/US and USSR relations/the Eastern Bloc/the collapse of the Soviet Union since I was really young. I have no idea how or when it started; it’s just always been an interest of mine, it seems! So the dress is an absolute gem in my eyes, since it encapsulates both my passion for fashion and history.

Check out the old tags on the inside of the dress, written in Ukrainian:

It makes me wonder what student(s) previously owned this 30+ years ago. If only a dress could talk! And then I think of how awe-inspiring it is that it made its way to me from so far away. I’ll definitely take good care of it and I’m so happy it found a new home with me! ❀️

Lastly, my current read (because it goes sooooooo well with the content of this post and you already know I’m a history nerd), Perestroika by Mikhail Gorbachev (the former president of the Soviet Union).

I’ve been wanting to read this book, written in 1987 (the year I was born, haha), to see how Gorbachev intended to restructure and reform the USSR, which ultimately collapsed in 1991. Had the Soviet Union not fallen apart, would his reform policies have worked in the long run? We’ll never know…but now I have a piece of this collapsed, now non-existent part of history, in the form of a dress. In a lot of ways, I think the dress found me.

See ya!!! ❀️

Letterman Style

Hello folks!! ❀️ I’ve always liked the whole old-school letterman style cardigans from way back in the day. I decided to pick up my sewing needle while I was watching NASCAR last Sunday (I was so happy Joey Logano won!!!) and attempt to make my own kind of letterman-style cardigan equipped with the letter of my first name (Samantha) and elbow patches (made from scraps of fabric I had lying around!).

Overall I totally love it and it’s definitely a garment I’ll be wearing frequently during the chillier fall months ahead! It’s fun and can easily go with anything.

The scarf is vintage from the 1980’s, made in the USSR. I bought it from an Etsy seller who lives in Ukraine, and her shop specializes in vintage items from the former Soviet Union. I have one more garment I’m waiting so badly to blog about, which also came from her shop, but it hasn’t arrived in the mail just yet. πŸ˜“

BUT IN THE MEANTIME ENJOY SOME MORE PHOTOS AND CHECK OUT MY NEW KITTY SHOES…

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I have finally broke into these shoes. It took many a blister and pain to do so, but I did it. I was like, SHOES, YOU ARE GOING TO FIT COMFORTABLY AND BECOME GOOD WALKING SHOES. Eventually, they listened to me and now I can walk a long ways in them with no pain! 🐱

See ya next time!!

Red Lace Trim for the Win

Hey there!! ❀️ I am quite ecstatic about this dress I re-vamped; it’s an old lace dress I had crammed in my closet, not being worn in like a year, and I decided to give it a makeover. In walks in, the red lace trim!

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I am so happy with this dress, I can’t even express it enough. It was a roll-of-the-dice when I was sewing the lace onto it; I didn’t know how it would look once I had it on, but I went with it. I DID NOT THINK IT WOULD TURN OUT THIS COOL!!!!!! ❀️❀️❀️ I always feel a little boost of confidence when I’m wearing an original design of my own doing. ☺️

I went and got myself some delicious Yellow Mug Coffee and went for a long walk. The weather was just too beautiful not to be out enjoying it. I spotted some early signs of fall foliage and a very intricately-spun spider web…

SERIOUSLY, LOOK AT THAT WEB!!! πŸ•·

Ahhhh…I love my nature walks. I feel they are only going to get better as the season transitions gradually into fall. Yaaaaaaaay!πŸ’•

See ya!!

Epic Golf Socks

Hi!! πŸ’™

DO I GOLF? Nope.

Any kind of sport, it’s best I just stay clear away from. I wouldn’t trust myself with a golf club, in fear of it going flying by accident, as I’m terribly clumsy 99% of the time.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t order a few pairs of argyle socks from Amazon and sport an artsy-woman-meets-the-golf-course look, no??

In fact, I wouldn’t be up for playing golf, but I wouldn’t mind driving a golf cart. It seems like it’d be fun to zoom around in one…

I got these bad boys on Amazon, if you’re interested in getting yourself a pack (they have a variety of patterns to choose from!). ❀️

Are you a socks person? I kind of have to be by default when fall and winter rolls around, as I don’t own a pair of pants!! When the chill rolls in, I bring out the hosiery and socks. πŸ˜€

Lastly, here’s my current read! ❀️ I’ve wanted to learn about the Berlin Wall for some time now.

I realized the other day that the first half of 2019, I read mostly medieval literature. Then the latter half, I’ve been reading historical nonfiction and politics/government. I don’t know how I started getting interested in reading political stuff lately, but now my Friday and Saturday nights consist of me SITTING AT A COFFEE SHOP DRINKING A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DRINK WHILE ON MY LAPTOP WATCHING C-SPAN.

I will be 32 next week. This is my 30’s, y’all! AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! πŸ’•

On a last note, a cool guy in cool pants spotted me sitting on the patio of a coffee shop and we both had EPIC patterns on. So we had to take a picture!

See you next time!!✨✨✨

November Musings

Hello helloooo!! πŸ’›

Like the golden frock? It’s a Forever 21 find, and it’s easily one of my favorite dresses ever. I love the bright pink and blue flowers that pop amidst the sea of gold!

And here’s a second outfit, with some good old fashion puff sleeves:

I’ve been happy to notice that the leaves are finally changing colors here! It took awhile, but now they’re gradually beginning to transition. It’ll be nice as the month continues on and the trees will fully engulf in flaming bright red and orange.

My cool sister being camera shy. πŸ’œ We make an eye-catching team: her purple hair, and my gigantic hair. Since I’m currently reading The Witches by Stacy Schiff, I realized how fast my sister and I would probably be accused of being witches if we were in 1692 Massachusetts, even though neither of us are one. What I’ve learned from this book, is that even a simple mole or birthmark could get you accused.

However, our marital statuses alone would shine a suspicious spotlight on us. A feisty widow (my sister) and an eccentric spinster (me)? We wouldn’t stand a chance in 1692 Salem! πŸ˜€

This book is slightly over 400 pages, and I’ve just hit the halfway mark. It’s tremendously fascinating, well-written, and very hard to put down!! I love it so much, and since I’m intrigued with the Salem Witch Trials, this has been an enthralling read. ❀️

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of November. πŸ’• πŸ•Έ

See ya next time!!!

The Angry Pumpkin and the Night of the Living Dummy

Happy Fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸŽƒ

I’ve been so excited for this post! (I was going to wait and post it at the start of October, but I caved – close enough!)

I’m happy to 1) showcase my pumpkin purse and 2) showcase my creepy/cute ventriloquist doll. It will be a fun fall post, so I hope you enjoy! πŸ‚

This cute little pumpkin purse I bought off of Aliexpress is the bee’s knees; I love how he looks angry, like he’s my little protector and he will bite you if you do anything out of line! Those little teeth look like they would hurt, too. (Side note: the purse originally came with a longer chain handle, but I switched it to a different one!)

And for his grand debut on this blog, I will now introduce my ventriloquist doll I have owned for the majority of my life!

I found him in an antique store as a kid, and I was drawn to his perfect blend of cute and creepy. My mom very kindly bought him for me, and he’s earned a cozy spot on my shelf all these years.

The best part about him? He’s fallen over at random, and ironically, only in the dead of night when I’m asleep, or about to be. It doesn’t happen very often – maybe once every few years, out of nowhere, and never in the daytime. Chalk it up to coincidence, or maybe he’s haunted – in either case, I adore him! ❀️

ALSO, I WENT TO DUNKIN’ DONUTS… πŸ’œ

This may be no big deal to those with easy access to one, but for me, who lives in a city without a Dunkin’ Donuts, it was a grand adventure to try it. SERIOUSLY!!!

My sister and I decided last Sunday, heeeeeey! Let’s go to Hanford to try Dunkin’ Donuts! And thus, we were off on the 45 minute drive out of town on a whimsical adventure to seek such a treat that Fresno has yet to offer us.

You bet your bottom dollar it was worth trying! I was like a little kid in a candy store, eyes wide with joy at the sight of neon pink and orange everywhere in the store. How can you not have a big fat smile on your face being around such colors?!

And of course, the donut and coffee put a big fat smile on my face, too. I was literally so happy to try this place, finally!! Apparently it’s more commonly found on the East Coast, but not the West. So it was a real treat!

See ya next time!

Almost Autumn

Howdy, all!! πŸ‚

As we inch towards the official start of autumn, and the temperatures have slowly started to cool down, I find myself gravitating towards autumnal colors. 🎨

The first fall item to come out for air from my dresser? My grandpa socks: a mix of scholarly and fun, combined!

Socks are my first fall item to bring out for the season change. It’s not cold (thankfully), but it’s not hot either. I get chilly easily, so a pair of socks works for me, especially for that early morning/late evening chill that starts around this time.

Here are some more photos I took that are a nice warm-up to the fall season ahead:

Pillsbury pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls I made!
Adding to my visual journal – a collection of leaves πŸ‚

Autumn is definitely the time I go on dates with nature. I sit out and enjoy the weather, or take a stroll… ❀️ I go on plenty of nature dates with me, myself and I…don’t I?

I don’t always just hang out with leaves; consistently going to coffee shops is my social life…I can get my freelance work, blogging, and Internet surfing done in a public place and refresh my human interaction skills (“How are you?” “Have a good day!” Those small interactions. Smiling at people. Etc.)

My otherwise solo activities like learning Swedish and collecting dead leaves off the ground are great and all, but I like to try to keep up with some basic human interaction so I don’t lose what I’ve gained as far as improving my social skills. Even just small chatting interactions…it’s a win for me.

Oh yeah – for the start of October (spooky month!), I look forward to showing you all my creepy ventriloquist doll I’ve had since I was a kid (I myself am not a ventriloquist by the way, I just have a doll). I figure, I have had this doll nearly my whole life, so why not give a little blurb about him on here??) πŸ˜€

See ya!

Frolicking Amongst the Pumpkins

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Well howdy!!! This Sunday afternoon, I went to the happenin’ Pumpkin Patch where my sister sells her jewelry each year. I hung out for awhile with my mom and sister, enjoyed the crowd and the music, and also took some photos. ‘Twas a great time! πŸŽƒ

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All pumpkins are beautiful, am I right? πŸ™‚

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DRAMATIC PUMPKIN PATCH POSE.

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On a side note: Saturday evening, I had the wonderful privilege to set up my art table at an art party downtown. It was SO MUCH FUN. I sold two of my framed art, which was totally unexpected!!! I also had new items I made: two brooches, two headbands and a jewelry box. ❀

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My table was in the perfect spot: right up front where the musicians were. The weather was perfect, the set up was perfect…all in all, just a great night. One of the best parts was when I excitedly geeked out when I saw a fellow artist wearing a Ghost shirt. LOL!

Catch ya later!Β πŸŽƒ